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Marine Ornithologists will study and survey bird populations and movements.  It is often the first survey work to be done at a wind farm site because the work has to cover all seasons and needs to run for more than one year.  They will provide up-to-date, evidence based and accessible ornithological advice and contribute towards the development and implementation of strategic research to develop new methods and guidance on assessing the impacts of wind farms on seabirds.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:

Most ornithologists have a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like:

  • biology
  • ecology
  • environmental science
  • zoology

You may need a postgraduate qualification for some jobs.

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Career Tips

Relevant experience is increasingly important, and you may be able to get this by becoming a volunteer or seasonal warden with organisations like the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology.

You'll need a British Trust for Ornithology ringing permit and experience as a birdwatcher to become a bird warden.

You can register with the British Ornithologists' Union, which has study resources for students and professionals, and information about help with course funding.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you might become a supervisor.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Countryside officer
  • Zoologist
  • Countryside ranger
  • Biologist

Required Skills

  • An accurate and methodical approach
  • Analytical and mathematical skills
  • The ability to produce clear reports
  • IT skills

Salary Range

£18,000 to £35,000

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